Tips: How To Get Rid of Mice

How To Get Rid of Mice
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Nobody likes to cohabitate with mice. But whether you care to admit it or not, your home most likely has had a rodent visitor at one point or another. There are plenty of different ways to get rid of them, however; we've talked about it before, and we're talking about it again today. Keep reading to find out the most effective mouse elimination method for you.   

 1. Prevention is the most important element in eliminating mice in your home. Vacuum your kitchen often (and anywhere else where there might be food particles). Be sure to wipe down the counter after you cook as well. 

2. Seal off any cracks or holes in your foundation where mice could be getting in. The same goes for the interior of your home. The harder it is for them to get in, the better. Try using steel wool to plug up small holes. Mice will get a hefty dental bill if they try to chew through it.


How To Get Rid of Mice
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3. Peppermint oil is a natural mouse repellent - the pungent smell will deter mice. Place peppermint-soaked cotton balls anywhere you have seen mouse droppings. Cayenne pepper is also supposed to be an effective deterrent. Read more at eHow.

4. Cat urine and snake poo is also supposed to work well. Apparently mice hate the smell, which is not all that surprising. 

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5. Ultrasonic repellent machines are another option. They plug into the wall, emitting high frequency beeps that are supposed to scare mice away.

This Ultrasonic repeller has great reviews on Amazon and won't break the bank. $16.95 at Amazon




How To Get Rid of Mice
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6. Now onto traps. Live bait traps are the most humane type of trap. Here, the rodent is caught using a trap door sort of contraption and then you have to transport the trap far away to free the mouse. The Kness trap shown above is available on Amazon for ~$16.

7. Sticky traps are quite effective, but the mouse will likely die of starvation over the period of a couple of days - or you have to do the deed yourself if you prefer not to let it suffer.  

If you must resort to sticky traps, Tomcat Traps are well known and reliable.  $4.99 at Amazon



8. Electronic traps zap the mice with the force of a few D batteries, ensuring that they are killed quickly. Most also have a no-touch feature, perfect for anyone with a phobia of rodents.  

Victor makes quality zappers, but we still recommend letting the poor animals live if you can.  $19.98 on Amazon



Tips: How To Get Rid of Mice
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9. If you aren't squeamish, the most effective way to get rid of mice is by placing traditional wooden snap traps along the walls of your home. Rumor has it that peanut butter with birdseed is the best bait.

Victor also makes quality snap traps. These don't use batteries so they should last you many years. $3.99 on Amazon


10. And if you have an all-out infestation, consult an exterminator. Some problems are best left to the professionals. 

If you prefer to stick to natural methods check out our previous post on the topic: 11 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice

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faith-towers on Jan 11, 2016:

Great tip Eric, thanks for sharing!

Eric on Jan 11, 2016:

You should try the white orkin mouse traps. No cheese required. Put a tiny dab of peanut butter into the trap. It can be set with one hand.

The way I use them is to put the trigger side against the wall. Since mice traveling along the wall will walk over the trigger catching them every time.

faith-towers on Jan 06, 2016:

Sounds like you have a smart mouse on your hands Ana! Good luck :)

ana on Jan 06, 2016:

The mouse currently residing in my home jumps right over the snap traps (baited with peanut butter, hopped right over). It's other favorite place is right behind the cat litter. While it is cleaned out often, there has to be some remnants of cat urine. I tried peppermint oil after reading this article and I think it did deter it if only for a day or so. I will catch it eventually.

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